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Back to the Future

July 17, 2008 9:33 am | by Rob Farber | Articles | Comments

The return of massively parallel systems Rob Farber In the 1980s, the scientific community faced the challenge of programming the massively parallel Thinking Machines supercomputers with 65,536 processors


The Disney Dynamo

July 10, 2008 7:57 am | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

Lessons from a marketing juggernaut Randy C. Hice There's only slight motion on the ninth deck as I write this screed from The Cove, a secluded adults-only bar atop the Disney Cruise ship Wonder


Quantum Computing Leaps Forward

July 7, 2008 11:43 am | News | Comments

The odd behavior of a molecule in an experimental silicon computer chip has led to a discovery that opens the door to quantum computing in semiconductors


Safeguarding Chocolate

July 7, 2008 11:33 am | News | Comments

IBM, USDA-ARS and Mars have announced that they are combining their scientific resources to sequence and analyze the entire cocoa genome


Spectacular Martian Skies

July 7, 2008 11:23 am | News | Comments

Seventeen stunning high-resolution images of the Martian atmosphere have been posted on The Big Picture: News Stories in Photographs


One-armed Robots to the Rescue

July 7, 2008 11:10 am | News | Comments

Who doesn’t long for household help at times? At only 1.45 meters high, Care-O-bot 3 is a new prototype service robot designed to help humans in the household


Is HPC Going Green? Looking at how we can change the power equation

July 3, 2008 7:56 am | by Horst D. Simon, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

In the discussion of "The Greening of HPC — Will Power Consumption Become the Limiting Factor for Future Growth of HPC?", an international panel of experts will address the questions of what are the power limitations of current technology, and how can we change the equation to assure the future rapid growth of HPC performance without contributing even more to carbon emissions and global warming


Relion 1670

July 3, 2008 7:06 am | Penguin Computing | Product Releases | Comments

The Relion 1670 server is based on the Intel 5400 ‘Seaburg’ chipset platform and Intel Xeon 5200 and 5400 series processors


Virtex-5 FXT

July 3, 2008 6:29 am | Xilinx, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Virtex-5 FXT devices are FPGAs with up to two embedded PowerPC 440 processor blocks, high-speed RocketIO GTX transceivers and dedicated XtremeDSP


New Twists on RS232 Connectivity

July 3, 2008 5:49 am | by Thomas Lutz | Articles | Comments

Today’s solutions provide much greater flexibility and range than the original COM ports Thomas Lutz Lots of instruments still have RS232 outputs. However, most new PCs don’t ship with any pre-installed COM ports. Instead, they typically have several USB ports available and nothing else. The quick and dirty solution is to purchase add-on serial adapters that connect to the PC through a USB port


Exploring MathWorld

July 2, 2008 11:37 am | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

My occasional rants usually involve my twin interests of genomics and the mathematical education of scientists. This month’s column is a natural extension of the latter in that Wolfram’s MathWorld Web site is a nice place for the semi-literate practitioner (or the very astute educator) to get grounding in many areas of mathematics, and perhaps an impetus to upgrade their skills, however slightly.



July 2, 2008 11:18 am | Golden Software, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Voxler 3-D data visualization software can import raw, complex data from many different sources and model it in an interactive environment


Avizo 5

July 2, 2008 11:09 am | Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Avizo provides high-end 3-D data visualization and analysis capabilities within an intuitive workflow. The software offers a versatile, scalable application framework


IOGMA DataExplorer

July 2, 2008 10:55 am | Genostar | Product Releases | Comments

IOGMA DataExplorer is data mining software designed for exploration of large sets of data


STATISTICA 8 High Performance Analytic Software Solutions

July 2, 2008 7:49 am | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

It's been a while since I have reviewed this software, so it was quite a surprise using this edition. The more some things change, the more they seem to stay the same. In STATISTICA's case, it is still overwhelming. It is rapidly seen, however, that this seeming drawback is greatly mitigated by several new features



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